U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) released the following statement tonight in response to President Obama's State of the Union address:
"With 23 million Americans unemployed or underemployed, I was hoping the President would outline an agenda focused on policies that promote economic growth, job creation, and opportunities for every American. Unfortunately, he delivered the same message of higher taxes and spending, more regulation of our lives and businesses, and refused to address the need for solvent Social Security and Medicare programs. It is no wonder our economy is shrinking and businesses not hiring.
"Economic growth starts with the private sector, not government. That is why this week, along with Senators Warner and Coons, I will reintroduce legislation aimed at jumpstarting the economy through the creation and growth of new businesses called the Startup Act 3.0. The original legislation was introduced last spring, and builds on recommendations made by the Kauffman Foundation and the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to boost economic growth.
"This President and Congress must work to make certain our nation remains a place where the American dream is alive and well. I'm ready to work with the President and my colleagues to reduce spending, encourage entrepreneurship, reform our complicated tax code, and reduce unnecessary regulations."